Justin Timberlake Debuts 'Take Back The Night' Music Video

Considering that the video for “Tunnel Vision” was essentially seven minutes of female objectification, it surprised us to discover that Justin Timberlake’s latest single had the same name as an international support group for victims of sexual violence. What was more surprising, however, was that Justin was only recently made aware of The Take Back The Night Foundation.

“Upon the release of my new single ‘Take Back The Night,’ I was made aware of an organization of the same name called The Take Back The Night Foundation,” the singer explained to E! News. “I wanted to take this opportunity to let you all know that neither my song nor its lyrics have any association with the organization.”

The recently debuted video features JT dancing around New York City’s Chinatown neighborhood, and he even has a dance-off with an adorable little challenger along the way. His moves may be impressive, and he may display his usual swoon-worthy seductiveness, but our discomfort stems from the fact that the video in no way relates to the idea behind The Take Back The Night Foundation, even if the association was accidental.

“As I’ve learned more about The Take Back The Night Foundation, I’m moved by its efforts to stop violence against women, create safe communities and encourage respectful relationships for women—something we all should rally around,” Justin said. “It is my hope that this coincidence will bring more awareness to this cause.”

Is it fair for Justin to use this “coincidence” to boost his image, when the only connection between the song and the organization is its name? Can Justin really claim to encourage respectful relationships for women after the misogynistic images displayed in his “Tunnel Vision” video? Sound off below! 

 

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